Advanced Study Institute on alzheimer’s and dementia

20 January 2015

“The conceptualisation of the problem of Alzheimer’s disease is dramatically different, depending on where you are in the world.”

With this in mind, Professor Karl Herrup of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and his colleague Professor Nancy Ip, along with Dr Maria C Carrillo, of the Alzheimer’s Association, a US voluntary health organisation, organised the Croucher Advanced Study Institute on Alzheimer’s and Dementia in a Global Context.

This high-level workshop took place from 12 to 14 January, and brought 22 leading academics to Hong Kong for in-depth discussions with their local counterparts.

Croucher Foundation funds Advanced Study Institutes to facilitate interaction between scientists in areas of current interest. The aim is to bring about greater assimilation and advancement of knowledge amongst established researchers and scientists.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most complicated diseases that affects human beings. We are often too focused on a singular disease model that is demonstrably inadequate.

Such an international exchange allows scientists from different backgrounds and expertise to come together to talk and understand each other’s work. Carrillo, the Senior Director of Medical and Scientific Relations at the Alzheimer’s Association, said, “The advantage of these conferences is that we can nucleate ideas. They help open up new avenues of research from existing infrastructures that we have already invested in.”

We have to care for people today who have the disease, but we also have to think about how we would cure them tomorrow.

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